'Overale' Beer Released To Celebrate Nineties Culture Magazine

A new beer has been launched at the Angel Microbrewery to commemorate a nineties Nottingham culture magazine...

Overall There Is a Smell of Fried Onions, named after a quote from nineteenth Century psychologist William James, ran for 58 issues from 1991-1997. Known locally as Overall, thousands of copies of each issue were distributed for free across hundreds of venues in Nottingham and the East Midlands.

The magazine included early-stage career interviews with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Ken Loach and Ade Edmondson, as well as regular reviews of ‘new bands’ who were playing their first gigs in Nottingham at the time like Nirvana and Radiohead.

The beer has been launched as part of a project by LeftLion to celebrate their nineties predecessor. The project includes digitally archiving all of the old issues on a new free-to-access website, releasing a one-off celebration issue and putting on a launch party at The Angel Microbrewery on Saturday 18 January.

Angel Microbrewery head brewer Danny Pearson, who brewed the beer said: “I was delighted to be asked to brew the Overale beer. It’s an easy-drinking pale ale, with hints of citrus and pine. As with all our beers at the Angel, it’s unfined and vegan-friendly. We also add an enzyme during fermentation which should make it as-good-as gluten-free (although we don’t get this tested so can’t officially claim it as such).”

LeftLion Director Jared Wilson, who is leading on the archiving project said: “You can’t underestimate the importance of The Old Angel to the nineties Nottingham scene. When we decided to do a reunion party there was only one venue we wanted to hold it at. The fact there’s a commemorative beer on the taps too is the icing on the cake.”

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